Harrisburg, June 11, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that Lehigh Carbon Community College has received a $684,179 Adult Basic Education grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Lehigh and Carbon legislative delegations assisted with securing this grant for Lehigh Carbon Community College.

The Adult Basic Education grant is used to create a partnership among the federal government, states, and localities to provide, on a voluntary basis, adult education and literacy activities, in order to:

  • Assist adults in developing literacy and other skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.


  • Assist adults who are parents or family members, to develop skills needed contribute in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvement in the economic opportunities for their family.


  • Assist adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways.


  • Assist immigrants and other English language learners in improving reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English; in improving math skills; and understanding the American system of government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Eligible applicants for these grants included school districts, libraries, volunteer literacy organizations, public housing authorities, community colleges and public and private nonprofit agencies.

“Education and workforce development are essential to a vibrant Pennsylvania economy,” said Senator John Yudichak.  “Lehigh Carbon Community College’s ability to leverage state grants, empower adult learners, and partner with the private sector employers make it a central player in creating economic opportunities all across eastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak

“Lehigh Carbon Community College works with numerous partners in our three-county service area to ensure that adults have the skills they need to be successful in the workplace,” said Dr. Ann D. Bieber, president of LCCC. “This grant funds those services that help prepare adult learners with literacy skills, mathematics, writing and coaching to be successful. We are honored to work with The Literacy Center in Allentown as well as Carbon Career and Technical Institute on this goal.”